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Welcome to My Favourite Reads, the blog series where I share with you the fab books I’ve read over the past month.

Or not.

I read two books in May. TWO! And one of those was an author buddy’s draft manuscript, which means, as wonderful as it was, I can’t share a thing about it.

Sigh. I’m not sure why I had such a poo month. It just kind of happened. We’ve been busy, sure, but I usually find time to read regardless. I mean, I LOVE reading. So how can it not happen?

A think little of the blame must go to my new cookbook, RecipeTin Eats: Dinner by Nagi Maehashi. I’ve been poring over it, marking up recipes and testing them out, thinking about adaptions, grabbing out other cookbooks and comparing ingredients and methods. It’s a wonderful cookbook and I love how each recipe has a QR code that takes you to a video of Nagi making the dish. So clever and something all cookbooks should have. No wonder it won the ABIA’s Book of the Year award. It’s a cracker.

Anyway, here’s the solitary favourite read I can tell you about.


Sundial by Catriona Ward

Cover of Sundial by Catriona WardI read Catriona Ward’s debut novel The Last House on Needless Street last year and loved it (my thoughts on that here). It was strange and compelling and unexpected, and became a bit of a hit release. It was a no-brainer to buy Sundial. I can’t even remember reading the blurb. I just saw and bought.

If The Last House on Needless Street was unexpected, Sundial was even more so. This is an incredibly twisty and disturbing story. I guess you’d call it a gothic thriller? Not sure, whatever the genre it’s fantastically written and very hard to put down.

No one is to be trusted in this book. The characters are amazing – hugely complex and heavy with secrets – and the Mojave Desert setting vividly drawn. As for Sundial, the property where Rob, the main protagonist, was brought up, it’s… I don’t know. Weird. Beautiful. Haunted. Not a place I’d like to visit.

Ward’s next book will be an auto-buy too.


What have you read lately that you’d like to shout about?


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